On November 21, Residency Unlimited (RU) celebrated its 10th anniversary with their annual benefit co-chaired by Board Members Pamela Auchincloss and Thomas Rom, in honor of Residency Unlimited’s decade-long commitment to building an active and supportive artistic community in New York and worldwide. Since their founding, RU has hosted 529 artists and curators from over 42 countries, invited 1,195 visiting curators, critics, and art professionals, organized 121 exhibitions and produced 208 public programs.
It was a celebration in full force with 200 guests in attendance, including RU’s community of residents, partners, staff, supporters, and audiences. Co-hosts included Whitewall’s Laurent Moïsi and Michael Klug, The Haas Brothers, Pedro Mendes and Michael Wood, Daniel Palmer, Eric Gleason, Anat Ebgi, Stefano di Paola, Sunny Rahbar, Alexander Forbes, Cole Akers, Michael Gitlitz, Adi Gura, Nicola Trezzi, and Paula Naughton.
The 10th anniversary benefit was imagined and designed by the artist Jordan Nassar and held at the previous Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store at 26 Fulton Street. Celebrated artist Nassar’s vision for the space included screen-printed wall fabrics, a sea of over 100 disco balls floating on a cascading staircase for the official holiday photo booth installation, Oxley Gin-sponsored cocktails, a geometric ice sculpture, and 3D-printed desserts from Soma Cakes all featuring his custom tartan-inspired print. Chichi Eats catered the dinner with their signature Israeli market-place style spread.
Guests were entertained with musical performances by downtown legend Joey Arias, Chrysta Bell, David Lynch’s muse, and danced to DJ sets by Carlita and Gui Machado. RU also held its signature annual raffle draw for a fully-funded artist’s residency at the Points Center for Contemporary Art, in Jinxi, China, which was won this year by artist and spatial designer Bas Peeters.
RU proudly raised their goal of $100,000 from ticket sales, donations and contributions to support their efforts in sustaining a thriving contemporary artistic culture and community.